Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Party of Death Gets Down To It

Well, "Catholics" for Obama, you didn't have to wait long.

From today's Washington Post:

Obama Positioned to Quickly Reverse Bush Actions
Stem Cell, Climate Rules Among Targets of President-Elect's Team

Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team...

Obama himself has signaled, for example, that he intends to reverse Bush's controversial limit on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, a decision that scientists say has restrained research into some of the most promising avenues for defeating a wide array of diseases, such as Parkinson's. (This statement attributed to unnamed "scientists" is utterly false. The biggest names in the field, such as Professor Ian Wilmot who cloned Dolly the sheep and James Thomson, who first isolated embryonic stem-cells. have abandoned embryonic stem-cell research because it's fruitless. They are now using other techniques which actually work).

But Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) said that during Obama's final swing through her state in October, she reminded him that because the restrictions were never included in legislation, Obama "can simply reverse them by executive order." Obama, she said, "was very receptive to that." Opponents of the restrictions have already drafted an executive order he could sign.

The new president is also expected to lift a so-called global gag rule barring international family planning groups that receive U.S. aid from counseling women about the availability of abortion, even in countries where the procedure is legal, said Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. When Bill Clinton took office in 1993, he rescinded the Reagan-era regulation, known as the Mexico City policy, but Bush reimposed it.

"We have been communicating with his transition staff" almost daily, Richards said. "We expect to see a real change."

It's no surprise that Planned Parenthood wants more abortions in the third world. It's a little surprising that a President-Elect of African descent would go along with it.

What is also rationally inexplicable is the push for more embryonic stem-cell research, when every single medical treatment and advance has been made using adult stem cells.

While not rationally explicable, the grandiose claims made by the proponents of embryonic stem-cell research can, however, be understood as an outlet for the terrible pressures felt by women who have had abortions and by the men and women who have enabled abortion. The desperate hope for some sort of transcendental "cures" derived from human embryos is needed as a psychological solace for the killing of the unborn child. The hope is that maybe if some terrible disease is cured using embryonic stem-cells, that will somehow justify the decision to kill the unborn child. That's why they continue to support ESCR instead of adult stem-cell research, despite the fact that all the cures come through adult stem-cells.

h/t Threshing Grain

Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney


playwrighter said...

Poking fun at the No on 8 Sore Losers. I apologize in advance for the F-Word.

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